20 Jul

Are Personal Computers Going Extinct?

In recent years, the number of personal computer (PC) sales for both desktop and laptop computers has been on a steady downward decline. Part of the reason for the reduction in sales stems from people being able to do most everything they want on their smartphone or tablet device, and even some things they cannot on a PC.

Some analysts are predicting the PC will be extinct within the next ten to fifteen years as new and emerging technologies continue to change how people access content offline and online. Others have a more reserved look at this technology market segment and believe the PC will still be around for quite some time. However, the PC as we know it will be transformed to make it more competitive with portable devices.

We can already start to see some of this transformation occurring in laptop computers. Some manufacturers are rolling out compact laptops that offer the flexibility of a tablet and a computer all in a single design. Microsoft’s Surface is a good example of such a device. It offers touchscreen-friendliness users like with their tablet, and a detachable keyboard so it can be converted into a “laptop-like” computer. read more

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10 Jun

Computer Repair: Securing the Data on Your Hard Drive

We all store important and private information on our computers, whether we use them for business or personal reasons. While our computers are reliable most of the time, one of the biggest fears we have is when we push the power button and nothing happens. The computer will not start up and just sits there, or worse it displays an error message stating the BIOS cannot find a bootable device.

Computer Repair: Securing the Data on Your Hard Drive
At this point, it is obvious something has gone wrong and the computer needs to be repaired. For many small and medium sized business owners, this means having to ship the computer off to the manufacturer or take it to a local computer repair service. Whichever method you use, it is not uncommon to be asked to include the user name and password to log into the computer.
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26 May

How to Safely Dispose of Old Smartphones

If you like having the latest model of your favourite brand of smartphone, whether it be Apple, Samsung, LG, or Sony, you will most likely invest in the newest model every year or two. Initially, you may decide to keep your current phone as a “back-up” phone in case your new one gets damaged. However, eventually, you will end up with a collection of smartphones sitting around your home.

How to Safely Dispose of Old Smartphones

What do you do with all of those smartphones? There are several different options to get rid of them. With each of these, it is important to take certain precautions before disposing of the phone to ensure your data and personal read more

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26 Apr

Warning Signs Your Hard Disk Drive Could Be Failing

The hard disk drive in your desktop or laptop computer, and even the ones used in modern video gaming systems do eventually start to wear out for various reasons. One of the more common reasons for failure is from the numerous times we make changes to the data on the drive, from reading existing data and writing new data to deleting data we no longer need.

Warning Signs Your Hard Disk Drive Could Be Failing

There is a limit to the number of times the drive will successfully perform these operations and before bad sectors start to develop and eventually lead to complete drive failure. There are two different types of bad sectors you can encounter: software bad sectors and hard drive bad sectors. With bad sectors related to software, these are easy to fix by using a utility program as they are normally related to data not being written to the drive correctly when you installed the software app. read more

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22 Mar

Celebrate Fraud Prevention Month by Reviewing These Tips

The entire month of March is designated Fraud Prevention Month in over 24 countries around the world, including here in Canada and the United States. In Canada alone, fraud has become a billion dollar industry for white collar criminals. Fraud is a criminal offence punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada, so long as the suspects can be caught, which is often difficult to do.
Celebrate Fraud Prevention Month by Reviewing These Tips

The goal of Fraud Prevention Month is to raise awareness about different fraudulent schemes and remind people to protect themselves and their personal information. By increasing awareness about fraud and educating people on various scams, they are better enabled to protect themselves and reduce risks associated with certain types of fraud including:
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14 Feb

Toronto Data Recovery Company Warns Against Risks of Using Geotagging

One recently developing trend in online environments, most notably social media sites, is the use of geotagging to let others know exactly where you are located. Geotagging, or geolocation, as it is sometimes referred to, utilizes specific data on your computer or mobile device to determine your current location, and then feeds this through specific GPS algorithms to display it on a map.

Toronto Data Recovery Company Warns Against Risks of Using Geotagging

For businesses, geotagging can be a wonderful marketing tool to use to increase awareness of the location of the business. Geotags make it easier for potential customers and clients to find the business whenever they do a local search for particular products and services. For instance, you want to find a data recovery service in Toronto, and those with geotagging enabled are often displayed at the top of search results, along with a map. read more

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24 Jan

The Past, Present, and Future of Data Storage and Data Recovery Services in Toronto

In the past, storing data meant saving it to a floppy disk or external tape drive since an internal hard disk drive was initially a costly optional feature on the first personal computers to hit the markets. It was not until the late 1980s that computers started to become “standard” and include an actual internal hard disk drive. Even then, these initial drives only held megabytes of data, rather small compared to the large gigabyte and terabyte drives we use today.
The Past, Present, and Future of Data Storage and Data Recovery Services in Toronto

At that time, one of the biggest problems was whenever a floppy disk drive or internal hard drive failed. For many people it meant having to start all over since all of their data was gone, as data recovery services were just beginning to develop technologies for accessing nonworking disks and hard drives.
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23 Dec

Tips for Creating Secure Passwords

Everyone has heard the horrific stories of hackers breaking into some big company’s database and stealing their customer data, usernames, and passwords. After they get that data, they turn around and try the usernames and passwords on a variety of different websites. Unfortunately, for most of us, we have rather bad habits of reusing the same passwords for all of our apps and online sites or use weak ones, which puts us all at risk.
The reasons companies are being hacked and we are hearing about these data breaches are the same reasons people rob banks: Hackers can make money on the black market selling usernames and passwords. So how can you protect yourself online? read more

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04 Dec

What Is the Difference between High Level and Low Level Formatting?

When you want to format a hard drive, for instance, to install a new operating system or dispose of the computer the drive is in, there are two different methods used. It is important to understand the differences between the two in order to ensure your data is not recoverable.

High Level Formatting

High level formatting can be performed on a hard disk only after the sectors and tracks have been formatted using a low level format (see below). This type of formatting is where actual data, like the operating system is written onto the drive sectors to create file and system structures so you can use the drive to install other applications and store data and files. read more

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02 Nov

Samsung Galaxy Note 7s Are Banned on Airplanes

If you were one of the million people that rushed out to get the Galaxy Note 7 when it was released, you now have a potentially harmful phone in your pocket that could catch fireoe even explode. When incidents started coming in with the new phone, Samsung initiated a recall after 35 different reports. However, not everyone was convinced there was an actual issue with the phone.

Some people thought those experiencing problems with the Note 7 was due to how they were using and abusing their smartphone, not with its actual design. Although, after Samsung made the announcement for the recall, the number of exploding, overheating, and fire-catching phones quadrupled!
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